New kit and bikes for safety

2015-10-20 06:00
Members of the safety structures with their new kit. 

City of Cape Town

Members of the safety structures with their new kit. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A group of 92 neighbourhood watch members from Rocklands, Portlands and Westridge will now be a bit better equipped to fight crime.

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate, together with Subcouncil 12, handed over bicycles and safety equipment to members of the neighbourhood watch in Ward 81 on Tuesday 13 October.

The donation of equipment was made possible by funding procured from the subcouncil ward allocation totalling R30 000, with logistical and training assistance provided by the Safety and Security Directorate.

The City handed over 16 bicycles, 52 high-visibility safety jackets, flashlights and other safety equipment during a ceremony at the Portlands Civic Centre, officiated by Ward Councillor, Daniel Christians.

Since the introduction of the Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme in 2008, the City has trained thousands of neighbourhood watch members, in consultation with the Western Cape Government Department of Community Safety.

The training covered legislation, the ‘broken windows’ crime reduction concept, basic patrolling, and reporting faults and other service delivery issues to the City. Neighbourhood watch organisations receive equipment donations once they have completed the training programme.

The 92 members of the Ward 81 neighbourhood watch successfully completed their training in July this year, whereafter they were deployed in eight different sectors in the three suburbs.

“This is an excellent example of cooperation between the Directorate, the Subcouncil and the community to achieve a common goal. With this donation of equipment, the members will not only be able to increase their response times, but will also be more visible thanks to the bicycle patrols. “It is about creating an enabling environment where the community can make a meaningful contribution to their own safety,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

Further collaboration is envisaged between the Subcouncil and the Safety and Security Directorate to enhance safety in the ward even further.

“The thinking is to identify a house in each of the eight patrol sectors in the three suburbs where residents can go for help if they feel threatened or would like to lay a complaint or seek advice.

“Each house will have a telephone installed to contact the appropriate service that is required and members of the neighbourhood watch will be on hand to assist,” said Christians.

The Subcouncil plans to replicate this initiative in other wards, subject to available funding.

In the interim, the four ward councillors in Subcouncil 12 will each donate R12 500 from their ward allocations to invest in a repeater that will accommodate radio signals from all neighbourhood watches in Mitchell’s Plain

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.